1. Jeremy Poettcker
2. Judson Rowse
3. Dan Gaudreau
1. Jenny Poppitt
2. Danielle McGrath
3. Jolena Hove
1. Michael Booth
2. Mike Darbyshire
2. Ken Larsen
1. Lina Augaitis
2. Shannon Bell
3. Genna Flinkman
1. Isabelle Humenny
2. Sage Heyer
3. Ellody Wright
1. Adam Gerbrecht
2. Owen Wright
3. Oliver Humenny
Be part of Canada’s iconic Bucket list SUP Races – The 7th Annual Kalamalka Crossing. A scenic 10-mile trek across the full length of the colourful lake. Do it for the exercise, for the challenge, or race it to beat the clock and a shot at King and Queen of Kalamalka Title.
Where do you fit in?
You can choose between crossing the lake for the pure fun of doing it or race across to beat the clock. There are categories for Open (Recreational) and Competitive paddlers. (Open is divided into age groups)
Think you can’t do it? Think again – here’s some inspiration:
If you have already attended the Kal Classic, then you’ll find a few more reasons to return to the 7th annual Festival. If you haven’t had the chance to do the ‘Kal Classic’, here are 10 fresh reasons to join us this year. Pick n’ choose!
Vancouver’s Shannon Bell has earned herself two Queen of Kalamalka Crowns since the Kal Classic started in 2010. She’s coming off one of her best seasons yet but an injury has stalled her momentum. We think she’ll bounce back quickly with a chance to retain her crown. Here’s your chance to meet the Queen of Kalamalka and find out what fuels her passion for all things SUP and family.
Life is great with the four of us. We just did a few SUP surf trips to Tofino for both the boys birthdays. Our kids are old enough now to carry their own boards and sup surf on their own. It is so much fun being able to do an activity together that we all love.
As a family we are always doing something outdoors: stand-up paddling, biking, swimming, hiking,or playing ball sports in the back yard.
At this time of year my days are pretty full. This is what my day looked like today: Woke up, got the kids fed, lunches made, biked to school to drop off kids, came home and make a smoothie/ate breakfast – Then headed to the beach to work for the day, got a short quality swim workout in, watched the sunset and then came home to tuck the kids in and talk about their day.
On the international level I would say The Gorge was my best performance because I was racing the top women in the world and placed 4th in the technical race and 6th in the distance race. Another race that I did well at and was a highlight for me was the Maui Jim Oceanfest in Maui, Hawaii. The event has all the water sports that I have competed in over my life: swim, sup, prone, outrigger and surfski. I ended up placing 2nd in the Waterwomen race and 3rd overall after 10 ocean events.
My goal at the moment is to get my body back to racing shape. I have been recovering from an injury and have taken the last 2 months off paddling to recover. My ultimate goal would be to get back into racing form by August and get back into the top 10 in the world rankings
The Kalamalka Classic race is one we always look forward to every year. It is such a family friendly event and love coming up to visit my folks and race at the same time. I hope to have the training behind me this year to keep my “Queen” title.
My family, friends, Trident sports (Starboard), Maui Jim Sunglasses, Great Bear Bites, Nicole Fournier (My amazing physiotherapist and friend).
I have such a full schedule that I use a lot of the local races to get some good quality training in. I also like to mix my paddling training up with some quality swim workouts. I love Trail repeats for a short quality workout and they always get my heart rate up fast. Gary and I also remind each other that “A rest day is a training day”.
An Archer “My Mom always told me to shoot for the stars”
Shannon Bell, 2016
An amazing day on the lake for the Kalamalka Crossing culminated in the crowing of 4 new winners. Jason Bennett and Shannon Bell of Vancouver captured the King and Queen of Kalamalka while Mia Wheatley-Maltais (Comox) and Jeffrey Spencer (Hawaii) took the honours in the Junior division.
A twist on short course competition – Divided into two or more heats of up to 14 paddlers, you’ll sprint from the beach and onto your board around a short buoy-riddled course (qualifying laps may include a beach run between laps). It’s a spectator-friendly event that serves up exciting head-to-head competition.
It’s full of action and open to to everyone who enters either SATURDAY ONLY or ALL EVENTS.
Which Class will you be in?
Competitive Men (King of Kalamalka)
Competitive Women (Queen of Kalamalka)
Open Women and Junior Women will all race together (Open/Recreational)
Open Men and Junior Men will all race together (Open/Recreational)
Got kids and wondering what’s in it for them? The Kal Classic is even more kid-friendly than ever. More than 40 kids were part of the Keiki Holo last year and we’re expecting even more this year.
KEIKI HOLO KIDS RACE & PRE-RACE CLINIC (with Lina Augaitis)
All kids 13 & Under and welcome to be a part of the action. A short pre-race clinic will be hosted by Lina Augaitis followed by the KeikiHolo Kids race where the emphasis is on sportspersonship and good times – Having won the Kal Classic 4 times, Lina will get the kids stoked about SUP and ready for action.
Kids Clinic: Approx 1pm
Keiki Holo Kids Race: Following the Wiki Holo Qualifying Heats
Under the main Tent – Kids are treated to an afternoon of creative fun. All Colouring Contest entrants are entered into the draw for a FREE Paddleboard (donated by Kalavida Surf Shop). Their entries are combined with the kids who enter the kids paddleboard clinic and fun race.
This event is by donation (recommended $5.00) with proceeds g0ing to support SPKL (Society for the Protection of Kalamalka Lake)
Lina Augaitis of Vancouver and Stuart Robinson of Comox are the reigning Queen and King of Kalamalka. Will they return to defend their crowns?
This year, we are proud to announce the addition of a Junior Queen (Princess just sounds wierd) and Junior King titles to the overall awards. Ages 14-18yrs (day of the event) are eligible. More details to follow.